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. and this president has made unprecedented use of them. nbc news has obtained a government document that lays out the legal argument to justify the president's use of drones to kill al qaeda suspects, including, in some cases, u.s. citizens. our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff broke the story and has our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc
the state has been on alert all day. nbc's miguel almaguer starts us off with that tonight from l.a. outside the heavily defended lapd headquarters. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. tonight police headquarters is a fortress. some officers are armed with shotguns in addition to their side arms. the lapd says they're under attack by a man targeting law enforcement officers. 33-year-old christopher dorner is an accused cop killer who says he won't stop the killing until he's dead. tonight, thousands of police officers are hunting for a man that used to be one of their own. tactical teams spread across nine counties in southern california. >> of course he knows what he's doing. we trained him. >> reporter: he's heavily armed and extremely dangerous. police say former lapd officer christopher dorner has already killed three, and is gunning for more. >> this has gone far enough. nobody else needs to die. >> reporter: fired from the force in 2009 for allegedly making false statements, dorner says his dismissal was unjust. police say he names those he's targeting in
? it's all natural foods you are using? >> organic, all natural, locally grown, seasonal. >> what's in this thing? >> cocoanut, grapefruit, pineapple, simple and vodka. you like it? >> cheers for the vodka. >> thank you. it's refreshing. it tastes almost a little too healthy, if you know what i mean. thank you. >> thank you for coming. >> enjoy your day. >> thank you. >> here they say that valentine's day brings with it a lot of pressure, though, because it's like new year's. they say that most couples feel like they have to do the nasty on valentine's day because they feel pressure because it's valentine's day. >> it's not nasty to all people. some people view it as a gift from god. >> okay. >> and a blessing. >> anyhow -- >> some people like a lot of blessings all day long. some people like to visit poughkeepsie. that's going to be a metaphor through the day. a long-running gag about going to -- >> close to poughkeepsie. >> and the little dog is barking. that's poughkeepsie. >> because we can't say it on the air. you get in trouble. stuff like that. >> everybody say poughkeepsie
return what they didn't spend. a u.s. district judge ordered bloomenergy to pay the workers $31,922 in back wages plus the same amount in damages and the department of labor hit the company with $6,160 in civil penalties. blanco says the workers were surprised to hear they were protected and they would be getting back pay. >> they were very surprised. they were very surprised because they felt they didn't have any protection in the united states. >> reporter: now we did did, to reiterate, reach out to bloomenergy. they said no comment. the attorney for the company also offered no comment. now the spokesperson for the labor department says this should serve as a reminder to employers and to employees that federal law protects workers whether or not they are here illegally. in sunnyvale, kris sanchez, nbc bay area news. >> kris, thank you. have you been able to function today? an emotional day for so many in the bay area, everyone just trying to digest what we saw last night. tonight, take a look. the 49ers are back home, arriving at the airport. now despite the gut wrenching loss
weeks. the l.a. tourism board has been off the hook terrific to us, and the folks here at universal city walk have been great, too. we want to thank everybody. >> there's a reason we have a mariachi band. you know what today is? it's national margarita day. of course, it is. so we have a margarita. >> these are -- hoda, i think yours -- these are our personalities. >> what? >> one of them is sweet, and one is a little saucy. >> yours is a jalapeno margarita because you're spicy. yep. and what's yours? >> and mine is a la pinella margarita because i'm sweet. >> i think they got them mixed up. >> i don't think so. anyway, the mariachi band is from camacho cantina. right here. that's where the margaritas are inspired by. >> you know a guy named tom la blanch. he's a city household member of los angeles. waive your hand, tom la blanch. how are you, baby? >> this is beautiful right here. beautiful pink hot dog. >> what's in a pink hot dog. >> go to la breya and tell them i sent you. let's hear it for pink. >> thank you for being out here. this is from my district, the montecino angels. >> god
down a man who used to wear a badge. overnight, police teams scour big bear mountain, three hours outside of los angeles. this is where police discovered christopher corner's burnt out truck. the 33-year-old at the center of a massive manhunt. >> we don't know what he's going to do. we don't -- we know what he's capable of doing and we need to find him. >> reporter: heavily armed and extremely dangerous, police say corner, a former lapd officer, navy reservist and sharp shooter, has already killed three and is targeting many more. >> of course he knows what he's doing. we trained him. >> reporter: four years ago corner accused a fellow officer of kicking a suspect in the head, but it was corner who was fired for making false statements in the case. detectives say dorner is targeting officers he names in this manifesto published on-line. you will now live the life of the prey. i never had the opportunity to have a family of my own. i'm term mating yours. -- terminating yours. police say the revenge killings began sunday when monica kwan and keith lawrence were shot to death. kwan's
nbc's michele kosinski is in south africa on the story for us this morning. michele, good morning. give us the latest. >> hi, savannah. oscar pistorius sobbed his body shaking as this ruling was read and you could say in many ways this was expected, but this judge kept everyone guessing. his ruling lasted two hours. he criticized the prosecution, then said that it doesn't mean their case is not strong. then he hit pistorius saying he has problems with his story about what happened that morning. ultimately ruling, though, pistorius is not a flight risk, not a danger to the public. he will be released on bail tonight. >> the accused is not a flight risk. >> reporter: listen to the reaction on audio feed at the moment the ruling on bail was finally read. >> the accused has made a case to be released on bail. >> yeah! >> reporter: oscar pistorius entered the court with a calm demeanor looking more collected, even confident than we've seen. head forward, eyes closed. prosecutors picked up their argument, again ripping into pistorius' account of what happened the morning reeva steenkamp
here. they asked us what is going on. nobody really got the news. when they told them pope benedict xvi was redesignisignry didn't know. actually, he can, but obviously, no pope has done that for 700 years. so no wonder people are aware of that. for now on that may change the course of the catholic church in the future as well as pope benedict xvi is setting an example. if you don't have the strength to carry on let someone younger and more strength to carry on the mission. >> it certainly is a monument ool announcement. claudio, thank you very much. >>> this morning we spoke with greg burke the senior communication adviser to the holy see in rome. we began by asking him how much of a surprise this was? >> it is a surprise. i people think had fair warning. it was a few years ago in a book called "light of the world," a long interview with a german journalist. the journalist asked the pope if he would resign. and he said something interesting. in the midst of a candle and all that stuff. he said now is not the time. it's not the time to run when you're in great risk and emergency period.
bad at all that you weren't here with us yesterday. >> excuse me. >> but yesterday was a huge day for a lot of people but especially for edgar. >> edgar. >> right there in our third row. >> the reason it was a big deal for edgar, he came here yesterday and won a toyota car on our show. >> an rav 4. >> you said you've been driving your mom's car forever, right? >> since 11th grade. she gave me her pickup truck. i've been driving it ever since. >> you gave her a call to tell her you had new hot wleels? >> i gave her a call. she said that's the car i wanted. i was like no, mom, it's my car. she started crying. that was her first reaction. >> she's going to be asking to borrow your car now. >> you know what's funny about tuesdays? people say it's an unhappy day. not for edgar but for other people. >> for everybody else who didn't win. >> they say it's the unhappiest day of the week, because number one, it's so far away from the weekend. it's not monday which you expect to be a crummy day. tuesday is just tuesday. not quite at wednesday. >> it exists in the net erworld, right? >> it do
lives. these strikes are legal, they're ethical and wise. >> drones have been used to take out more than 400 terrorist targets in pakistan and the middle east. this program is expected to be a focus point tomorrow when senate confirmation hearings begin for john brennan, president obama's nominee to head the cia. >>> a powerful earthquake that hit the south pacific. it struck near the solomon islands and generated a tsunami wave over three feet high and reports are saying that at least five people were killed. people were evacuated in fiji. warnings that have been issued have been canceled. some homes were seriously damaged by the waves there. >>> as a young victim of the alabama standoff celebrates his 6th birthday today. this as investigators continue to comb the underground fortress and property of his captor. >> reporter: the fbi released these photos of the suspect's property, along with more detailed information about the rescue of 5-year-old ethan. nbc news has learned as a result of ongoing negotiations, the kidnapper, jimmy lee dykes. was expecting a delivery of additional comfo
to be just knocked off their socks. by the way, blake shelton is with us today. >> he is with us today. >> yes, yes, yes. a new cd coming out. the grammys were last night. a lot of people -- they broke the rules. >> yes, they did. >> the beg news is that huge storm that you and i and everybody with our crew missed. oh, my gosh, they're all shoveling out. >> that was a crazy storm on the east coast, and here's the thing. i have to hand it to all the meteorologists, al roker, and all those guys because they called it the monday before. they were talking about the convergence of the two fronts and the 30 inches and all that -- >> we changed our flight plans. >> we are here. i got to tell you, we like the way you guys do things on the west coast. with a couple of exceptions. >> no, no, no. i think they're healthy, hode. they start the day. with wheat grass. >> they start it nice -- >> we're not that into your wheat grass. instead we like our -- do i have a spanx problem? >> probably. >> so what else is new? they like it with wheat grass. we like it a little differently, don't we? >> well,
washington for us. good morning. >> reporter: the day after president obama heads to north carolina we just got detail of that trip. he's going to a plant that just hired 160 workers, one of the hall marks of his speech here on capitol hill last night. creating new jobs for the middle class is the president's focus. >> we can't ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction. >> reporter: he's pushing for a permanent budget. >> the greatest nation on earth can't continue by going from one crisis to the next. >> reporter: allowing homeowners to refinance. >> democrats and republicans have supported it before so what are we waiting for? >> reporter: immigration reform. >> now is the time to get it done. >> reporter: a vote on gun control with victims families in the audience. >> more than two dozen americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. they deserve a vote. >> reporter: but a vote on what? >> they need to look at background checks, gun trafficking. >> go whatever the bad guys, go after the nut cases that proclaim their craziness
new meaning to fat tuesday. it just does. that's not going to stop us from continuing the tour. what are we having, hodie? >> we are having a pomegranate margarita for mardi gras. >> children, close your eyes and your ears. it's good for your sex life. >> they call it fat tuesday. you guys wonder why they call it fat tuesday? >> it's a great story. >> there's an ancient custom that comes from parading around a fat ox around paris. >> which in our politically correct world you're not supposed to call anybody a fat ox. but they did it. right around paris where everybody was so skinny. that was supposed to remind people that they're not to eat meat during lent. >> is that the point? >> this is a religious holiday, hoda. >> i thought it was for drinking and showing off your you know whats, but i lived in new orleans for many years, and i have seen many a mardi gras, and i saw a lot of you know whats, but it's not just celebrated in new orleans. they celebrate it in biloxi, mississippi, and around the world in different places. in rio de janeiro and belgium. >> and also today in santa mon
a camera in the ladies room when we were all trying to do our business, all four of us before the show. >> where is the cake? >> there is our -- >> eric coppella. >> oh, oh. >> i wanted to get the party started. >> talk to us. >> so this is universal city walk's 20th birthday, and we wanted to get the party started, so we have been up all night making this cake. >> yes. >> we understand that some people aren't real thrilled with dairy, so we made this low cal, low fat. >> why does my lactose issue always come up? >> well, we wanted to start this party off, and we wanted you to -- >> taste it. we'll taste it right now. >> it is absolutely -- >> i don't have a bit of a problem. oh, my god. >> that's great. >> eric, delicious. >> happy birthday. we're going to cut it for everyone so everyone can celebrate. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> have a great day. >> thank you, eric. >> we do need something to wash it down. >> oh, yeah. >> come on. forget the ladies. >> come on. we have these drinks that have come from brazil's national cocktail in honor of the samba dancers. >> they're inspir
's what the argument was over. >> help, graham, educate us in the difference between legal procedure between south africa and the united states. so much emotion around this trial, around this case, this is a beloved figure, but he's not appealing to a jury here this would not be a jury trial. >> no, this won't be a jury trial in south africa we don't have juries. when a case initially comes before a court and goes before a magistrate, from a magistrate, it then goes to a high court and a high court depending on the severity of the case and crime, it will be before a judge who will have either one or two assistants to help decide the legitimacy of the allegations and whether or not there is guilt and in the states, where you have a jury, we do not have a jury. >> one of the big questions, of course, you know, in a high-profile case like this, and pistorius talked about it. he is not a flight risk, should be granted bail. given your experience, what is the likelihood of that happening? >> look, it's 50/50. they got the magistrate to rule u.s. a schedule 6 offense, schedule six offense
around. >> we have a big day, you guys. we have jason kennedy from the e network with us, too. >> right around the corner, and we want to get -- he is going to predict for us. >> can we see your signs, you guys, because you have had the most creative signs? just call us the kathie lee and hoda of the o.c. uh-huh. >> every day is wines day. hire me. will work for wine. >> i love that. hire me, will work for wine. >> that's a good one. >> some of you -- hey, hey, hey. you guys, we saw that one yesterday. you put a little kid in the middle of it. >> it looks so much better that way. >> yes. >> okay. the winner of the sign contest is going to get a mug that's worth $5. >> $5 in today's economy, that's good. >> we give a few prizes, a few giveaways down the road. >> yes, we do. >> we might give a few things away right now. >> all right. we're going to play a little trivia. are you ready? here we go. there are bees around our drinks. >> you're so honey sweet. >> the sugar. i love you for saying we're so sweet. here we go. los angeles can boast it has more museums than any other city in the co
president obama wants to head the cia. john brennan was pressed hard on the use of drones and enhanced interrogation techniques by members of the senate intelligence committee. government memos leaked earlier this week showed drones had been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected of working as terrorists. nbc's tracie potts is live with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. brennaned defended and strongly defended the use of drones but distanced himself from how the bush administration questioned terror suspects. >> truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth. >> reporter: it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers, after defending drone attacks on terror suspects and even americans. at least three killed so far. >> any american who did that should know well that they in fact are part of an enemy against us and that the united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's le
'm not used to it. in new york it's easy to walk from place to place. now we understand about what you all call the 405. what you guys call the 101. and the 10. the 10. >> all of them. they had this great snl sketch. have you guys seen this one? what's it called? californians. oh, my god. i didn't get it until i saw this skit. take a look, you guys. >> what are you doing with rosa? >> dude, i was just teaching her some english free of charge. >> she works for me. don't you get it. don't you get enough action from malibu county? >> it's okay, stewart. i was leaving, anyway. i was going to take cold water canyon and riverside drive and get on van nuys and hop on the 101 to tarzana. >> do it then. get on the 101 and skip all the exits and never come back. >> so there is no traffic on the 101? >> not what i'm talking about. get out of here. >> so get on the 405? >> get in your cav car and go, devon. >> all right. get on the 405. >> apparently you guys spend around 61 hours a year in your car. 2 1/2 days. sometimes it feels like a week to get somewhere. >> i get sort of weird road rage when i d
-base. >> reporter: the economy, invoking a phrase he used a lot in 2012, the middle class. >> a growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs, that must be the north star that guides our efforts. >> reporter: and taking a page from the last democratic president, bill clinton, by offering a laundry list of poll tested ideas. >> i'm announcing a launch of three more of these manufacturing house, and raise the minimum wage to $9. make high-quality preschool available to every single child in america. a new college score card that parents and students can use. i propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an energy security crisis. >> reporter: mr. obama adopted a tough tone throughout his address. >> let's set party interests aside and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future. let's do it without the brinkmanship that scares off investors and stresses consumers. >> reporter: the night's emotional moment, the president's call for congress to at least vote on serious gun control, invoking the memory of gun victims like
can, but the leadership, oh, my gosh, like, they'll tell us one thing, you know, for example, you know, a tugboat was supposed to come once that first evening. well, we sat on the water for two days with nothing and, you know, the seas were really high. in fact, that night my friends and i we slept in our lifeboats in our bed and i truly, truly, truly thought the boat was going to tip over because it slants at, like, a 45-degree angle one day, and then the next day it's to the other side. and, like, i don't know, pipes are busting. i know the sewer is backing up and, like, water is in the cabins and it's just a nightmare. >> it sounds absolutely horrendous. did i hear you correctly a few moments ago, there are no working toilets or there's just lit -- >> there's -- there's very limited. for example, ours worked one day for one hour. but then it has not worked since then. so, basically we've had an hour of it working. i mean, we have to use the bathroom in these bags in the trash can, you know, like, the vanity trash can and then we have to take it into the hall and put it in these bigg
it threatens. u.s. national security. he says the united states will continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies. and as matt mentioned a moment ago, the security council at the u.n. meeting at this moment to discuss tightening and increasing sanctions against 2340r9 korea, but all of that is for not unless china steps up and takes some responsibility here and itself imposes tougher restrictions on oil shipments and other supplies to north korea. but, you know, at the same time this is an indication that any hopes that the current 29-year-old north korean leader kim jong ill is different than his father. this nuclear test overnight is an indication that he, like his father, are intent on becoming a nuclear power, savannah. >> jim, i know we recently saw in january some very threatening language coming out of the north korean leadership, so this is something the u.s. is watching very, very closely. jim at the pentagon for us. thank you. now here's matt. >>> savannah, thank you. we're learning more about thorng about the vatican's plans to elect a new pope in the wake of p
part of the country this morning. weather channel mike seidel is in kansas city, missouri, for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. a whiteout here in kansas city, snowing two inches an hour with winds gusting 30 miles an hour. this is a big storm. it will likely be their biggest snowfall in about 20 years. meanwhile, this part of the country is in a terrible drought, so the farmers are happy to see anything, snow or rain, falling from the sky. this may be coming soon to a sidewalk near you. just like this trusty mailman in michigan, millions of americans are already being challenged by a fierce winter storm. in kansas, they are bracing for up to 18 inches of snow in some parts. police in wichita are telli ini folks to stay home. >> we are asking people to stay off the roadways just because of the conditions that are deteriorating. >> reporter: the latest big blast of winter is predicted to hit 18 states, affecting at least 30 million people. all from a storm that hit california and the west coast and is now moving across the country. in tulsa, oklahoma, reduced visibi
. >> you can burn 500 calories in one hour. we have someone who's going to show us that. camilla barrett, the queen of heels. hi, camilla. >> yes, camilla. >> yes, girl. >> hi, mama. >> you are a wonderful dancer. >> you look beautiful. >> thank you. thank you for having me. hoda, how are you? >> sorry. >> show us the dance. >> okay. well, ironically, heel hops started in second row at a prince concert. my mom is a famous songwriter, and i had silver heels on, and he saw me and gave me a ten-minute solo, and from there heel hop was born. >> i want to start with core engagement. you are standing up, and i want you to do what's called my drop and tuck. pull your core in this way. then you're going to draw your shoulders forward in a contraction. there. the two top abdominals. you're going to lift up. >> stick out. >> let's hold the body weight up and tighten your kneecaps. >> how about you hold it up for me? >> i got you, baby. >> the dvd will certainly show it. you're going to tighten your knee caps and you're going to stay on your big toe and second toe. you're using your knees to tighte
to him. >> was able to tell us what happened. he was not the one driving the boat. mr. holzhauer who passed away was the driver of the vessel. but the friend was able to tell us what he can remember from the incident. >> reporter: the ferry involved was the "ms san francisco." no passengers were injured. the ferry was returned to service today but the captain remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. a spokesperson for golden gate transit says the crew was tested for drugs and alcohol which is standard protocol and has returned to work. the coast guard says it expects to have its investigation wrapped up by later this week. live in san francisco, kimberly tere, nbc bay area news. >>> kimberly, thank you. a deadly crash late last night a. san jose proffer in the middle of a traffic stop on capital expressway when a dark suv swerved and almost ran him over. the officer then got into a pursuit with that suv. the 20-year-old driver of the suv ended up losing control on blossom hill road and rolled into a ravine. the driver died. the two young girls pa
of some beautiful, beautiful pets, adorable pets. you can see them up there. linda writes to show us her baby buttons. she says that buttons likes to travel, just like bambino, but her favorite hobby is gardening. here's jacqueline. she writes about her daughter and her dog sassafras she says, they are both angels when they sleep. >> oh. you can say it louder than that. oh. precious. >> you can say it louder than that. >> this is a happy dog. here's hershey kiss. she keeps you smiling. >> oh, my god! i don't want them to get that dog's teeth fixed. i don't care what anybody says. that dog has personality. >> look at hudson for a second. hudson is here live in studio. >> hudson is our friend from strut this. he runs around. >> we're talking about hudson, he's sleeping. >> there he is. >> oh! >> i'm a little concerned about my louis at home. called home this morning and frank said louis is at the vet. it's like one of your children, i said what's wrong? his eye is all closed up, stuff around his mouth. i don't know. louis's been promiscuous most of his life. you pick up these things. i don
the doors of gandolfo close and they leave. let's go down to keir simmons covering it all for us. kear, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning, the saints looking down on the square have not seen a day like this in medieval times. in the papal palace, over my shoulder here, the pope, as you say, has been meeting were his cardinals, tells them, i'll be with you in prayer. dawn across rome. this city has seen more than 260 pontiffs, only two popes passed in the last thousand years have left like this. the cardinals, princes of the church, gathered this morning for a warm farewell to pope benedict. some cardinals wants to speak to him for as long as possible. pope benedict will resign just after sunset. this home, this beautiful summer palace, quiet after a frantzic few weeks. >> at 8:00 exactly, he will stop being pope, the swiss guards who stand guard outside the palace and he'll go. >> reporter: rough seas he admitted yesterday and now the task begins of choosing his successor. >> i think there's a yearning out there for something different. somebody new somebody fresh
have the electric supply truck moving behind us. they'll do the investigation here and refurbishment here. carnival says it will go back in service. matt, back to you. >> janet, thank you. >>> earlier this morning i talked to triumph passengers julie billings and others and asked them how they're feeling. >> so much better to be back. >> glad to be back. >> have you guys had a chance to take the world's longest, hottest shower yet? >> i did that last night. that was the first thing that we did. i got the kids in the shower and then it was my turn. >> we seemed to miss that. >> you were also traveling with a friend, lorraine and she had a tough experience. she broke her ankle. talk about the circumstances. i know you nursed her for the last couple of days. >> yeah. she took a nasty fall. the ship was dark and they were pushing us with the tug boats and so the ship was moving a lot and jerking and just so happened she got up to use the bathroom at that time and the ship jerked and she couldn't see. she lost her footing and the paramedics came in from the medical center, they picked her
're actually using it. a self-proclaimed thief explains how he targets his unsuspecting victims. this will be useful information this morning. >>> and then yahoo! ceo marissa mayor is here with us, her first exclusive interview after returning to work after having a baby. she'll talk about that and a big announcement to make about yahoo! as well. we'll check in with her in a few moments. let us start with what has been a dramatic morning in court at the oscar pistorius' bail hearing. nbc's michele kosinski just left the courtroom. good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, savannah. it's ended and will continue. today we heard debate over whether or not steroids were found in pistorius' home, still unclear, and statements from neighbors who claim they heard fighting, gunshots, screaming, more gunshots as prosecutors punch what they believe are big holes in pistorius' story. >>> oscar pistorius coffers his face in public now, arriving for a second day of his bond hearing. today, comes stunning detail, the chief police investigator says they have witness statements from a woman who say
's originals for sure. >>> a busy morning, another big story, a terror attack at a u.s. embassy in turkey. tamron hall in for natalie at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. an explosion outside the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey. local police say a suicide bomber detonated in the -- suicide bomb detonated in the capital city killing at least three people. ambulances at the scene are responding to several people who were wounded. >>> the latest jobs numbers are out this morning. courtney reagan is at the cnbc world headquarters with more. good morning. >> good morning to you, tamron. the first jobs report of 2013 showed 157,000 jobs were added in january. that was the low growth expectation. the unemployment rate dixes up a hair to 7.9%. but thanks to revisions the economy added one third of a million more jobs in 2012 than previously estimated. a large part of those jobs coming in the final months of the year. this as the dow closed out its strongest january in 19 years as we eye 14,000 yet again. >> thank you. >>> and dozens of people are dead in mexico city after a massive explosi
through 7th, 1978, 21.7 inches. >>> this morning lawmakers are getting new answers about using drones to kill suspected terrorists including americans. an issue key at today's c confirmation hearing. michael isikoff is following this story for us. good morning. >> good morning. drone strikes, the obama's administration weapon of choice against terrorists are coming under new scrutiny after a disclosure of a justice department document obtained by nbc news that justifies the targeted killing of americans suspected of being top al qaeda leaders. this is as john brennan faces his nomination today pp a major reversal from the white house pp after years of secretsity, president obama directed to share with members of the house and senate intelligence committees a classified memo laying out the legal drowns for drone strikes targeting u.s. citizens who are suspected operational leaders of al qaeda. >> the news came after this white paper that summarized the legal arguments for targeting u.s. citizens who were sus secretaried al qaeda leaders such as a lackey kic al awlaki been charged for a
starting us off in providence, rhode island tonight. take care up there. we want to show you how big this looks from space. look at the tops of the clouds. this is not one but two storms joining together. not visible in that picture, our friend al roker. he's in boston in the thick of it. but it's going to get much thicker as the night goes on. al, tell us about where it is and where we're headed. >> well, brian, this storm is about 200 miles away from boston, and we're getting the signs of it starting to intensify. we've been hearing reports of about thundersnow in long island and providence, rhode island and power lines and trees are snapping and going down and power outages being reported. we have winter storm warnings up now for interior sections of new york state, new jersey, pennsylvania, all the way into interior new england. but the areas in red from new york to eastport, maine, blizzard warnings in effect. very strong winds, very strong accumulations. here, take a look on the radar. you can see all that moisture coming in off the atlantic, the cold air streaming in from the
faces life in prison for attempted use of a weapons of mass destruction. his public defender today declined comment on the case, but llaneza is due back in court next wednesday. reporting live in san jose, stephanie trong, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, stephanie. the criminal complaint against llaneza claims his goal was to trigger a government crackdown followed by a right-wing attack, and eventually a civil war. our coverage continues the story on nbcbayarea.com. all you need to do is search fbi complaint and you can read the entire affidavit online. >>> we have new details on the murder of a controversial south bay millionaire. documents unsealed today reveal how ravi kumra was killed during a deadly home invasion at his monte sereno estate the suspects used packaging tape to blindfold and gag consume rachlt the suspects also tied the male victim's hands and feet behind his back. three men and a woman have been charged in connection with the case. police say kumra frequently hired prostitute, including the woman in custody. they think he turned over information about his mans
. vice president joe biden says that the u.s. is ready to hold talks, but only if tehran is serious. biden says there is type for diplomacy to succeed, but it needs to and the iran built a new fighter jet which it claims can evade radar. there is a growing self-reliance in military technology. >>> in this country, another online hacker attack. twitter says it quickly shut down at least one attempt to gain access to user data, but hackers may have collected information on 250,000 of more than 200 million active users, including user names, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords it reset passwords and sent them e-mails telling them to create a new one and encourages users to change passwords regardless of their account is compromised. >>> the scottish terrier affectionately known as barney, george bush's beloved dog has died at the age of 12. the statement on president bush's facebook page. barney never discussed politics and was a faithful friend. >>> and the usda is proposing a new set of rules which would ban candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy food sold on school campus
coach john harbaugh, will be here to join us to talk about what it was like to beat his brother's team in the biggest game of both of their lives. >>> we'll be talking about those commercials, some of them popular, some of them not so much. we'll run through them later. >> we'll tell you which are some of the viewers' favorites. >>> dramatic images of a $40 million gas platform, sinking into the sea. the crew was forced to hang on for dear life. we're going to have the story behind that accident. >> and on a much lighter note, we're starting our year-long countdown to the winter olympic games in sochi, russia. check out what's going out on the plaza this morning. we have explaining to do, that is freestyle skiing. some of the guys practicing wild aerials on trampolines. >> hope you brought your trampoline shoes, willie. start with the wild night at the super bowl. jenna wolffe is in new orleans for us this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. what a game last night, complete tale of two halves. the guys in back of me were die-hard ravens fans. they
already. he'll tell us all about it later on. >> he looks really good. you look good in that suit, really. >>> we'll begin, of course, with that breaking news, the tragic loss in the world of country music. troubled star mindy mccready has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. andrea canning, you spoke with the star just a few week ago. >> so sad and so bizarre we were just there. i texted her a couple of nights ago asking her how she was and how sorry i was and i never heard back. now it appears she was battling those demons, those personal demons sthee had for so long. sunday night neighbors her two gun shots. she is said to have shot her dog and herself in a place that had great meaning for the singer. >> i just keep telling myself the more suffering i go through, the greater character i'll have. >> reporter: in her final interview last month before reportedly taking her own life, country singer mindy mccready sounded hopeful, but things apparently became too much to bear. >> i don't know why he did what he did. he's gone. i cannot get him back. >> reporter: dan hanks, los angeles-ba
to you. you guys got to get sleep. we stayed up all night, at least one of us did. >> that's right. we wanted to bring you everything you needed to know. all the fashions, the hits, the misses and we're going to take you to the hottest parties after the oscars. it was a great night. we had a lot of fun. >> as you mentioned it started with the 17-minute mon low log and music and dancing and, of course, the awards. >>> and the oscar goes to -- argo. >> in a surprise appearance from the white house, first lady michelle obama announced the winner for best picture. ben affleck, not nominated for best director, expressed his gratitude for this win. >> it doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life, because that's going to happen, all that matters is you to get up. i love you. >> in the best actress category, a bit of a stumble. >> you guys are standing up because you feel bad that i fell. that's really embarrassing. thank you. >> reporter: jennifer lawrence winning for her role in "silver linings playbook," later celebrating with her family at the governor's ball. >> and the oscar goes t
in suggests to us that there is a real demand for people in the community to have a way of disposing of these guns. and we are going to have to create more opportunities for it, not just in this region, but across the country. >> reporter: more than 50,000 in cash for the gun buyback came from a nonprofit called protect our children. which was started by two dads, following the sandy hook elementary school tragedy. police were able to buy back 11 handguns, 227 rifles or shotguns and 11 assault weapons. the next event at the santa clara county fairgrounds. nbc, bay area news. >> kimberly, thank you very much. >>> police in oakland are looking for a gun that shot into an ac transit bus this morning. 12:30 at the intersection of 55th avenue and international boulevard. investigators say half a dozen rounds hit the bus, breaking the back window. two passengers minor cuts. two other passengers hurt when the driver quickly hit the gas to get out of danger. police trying to figure out why the bus was targeted. >>> two men seriously burned after an electrical glast blast at a warehouse in sa
. mike inouye joins us live in the newsroom with more on that side of the story and exactly how officers are trying to get the word out. >> good morning. the official term that you guys just used, blue alert. like the better known amber alert, this goes out to the general public. you see some of them here. this is lit up over interstate 80 in hercules. following a violent attack on a law enforcement offer, like this case, it's designed to get as many eyes as possible looking for the suspect and the suspect vehicle for a safe and hopefully swift capture. we have a picture released by the irvine police department showing both the truck and the suspect. though the alert started in southern california, it's statewide search. the suspect is said to be armed and dangerous. like the sign says, call 911 if you see a truck that matched that description. the gray nissan titan pick-up. police say it's quite possible that he has switched the license plates out by now. tips are coming in. there's a lot of information to vet. but thank you all for calling in, again, as the officers have said, call 911
't rule this country, you do, sir, and your profession does. you tell us what to love, what to hate, what's important, what's not. you have a position of power and i think it's being abused maliciously sometimes. >> we caught up with the 67-year-old mcafee in portland, oregon, which is a far cry from the warm beaches of belize where he's wanted for questioning in the murder of his neighbor. so, what would you tell them if i am the belizean government asking you if you had any role in his murder? >> absolutely none and they know this. they know i'm not involved in the murder. they haven't questioned anybody else. so, i had nothing to do with it. i know nothing about it. i'm willing to talk to them in any neutral country on the planet. i've offered that. i'll talk to them on the phone. i'll talk to them through skype. >> you talk about selling yourself in terms of a movie that might be coming out and selling your story. well, sex sells, is it true about all the women we read about in your life, five or six girls at a time, you have teenage girls? >> it is absolutely true. i have teenage gir
be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> that was nbc's kelly o'donnell. >>> los angeles archbishop has taken action against his predecessor. the official action was taken in response to the priest's abuse scandal and records showing mahony and others tried to conceal abuse of children from police. >>> the family of a young boy held captive in an underground bunker are waiting for his release. fbi negotiators say their strategy is to wear out suspected kidnapper jimmy lee dykes. they have been talking to the 65-year-old through a pipe in the ground. he's accused of kidnapping 5-year-old ethan after storming his school bus. ethan has not been harmed as the hostage standoff goes into fourth day. >>> three stories that we'll be developing later today. secretary of state hillary clinton says her good-byes at the white house in the morning and then gives a farewell address at the state department later in the afternoon. moments later, former senator john kerry takes the oath and the title of secretary of state. >>> meanwhile, keep an eye on vice presid
of us would sign up. >> any day. >>> a job for shooting a reality tv show crash, proof of life on mars and great news for investors. and joe paterno's widow fights back. "early today" is back in two minutes. >>> welcome back. >> at the top of our news, surprise news from the leaders of the roman catholic church. pope benedict xvi says he plans to step down at the end of the month. he says he no longer has the strength to fulfill the duties of his office. he will go to his summer residence after he steps down and then later move into a cloistered residence in rome. three people are dead after their helicopter crashed in northern los angeles county. it happened during the filming of a new military-themed reality show for the discovery channel. no word on what caused the crash. >>> the death toll from a stampede during a religious festival in northern india is now up to 36. it happened when railway official announced a last-minute platform change at a train station triggering chaos among tens of thousands of pilgrims. >> more testimony in the arizona trial of a woman charged with stabbing
us from london. what can we expect today? >> reporter: hi. the judge who is overseeing this bail hearing said he'll make an announcement very soon, probably within 30 to 45 minutes if s osr put pistons, the sprinter known to the world as the blade runner will be free on bail or will he stay in jail until that trial which could take months. both sides, the prosecution and defense have rested their case after four days that have seen a real momentum shift in pistorius' favor especially after yesterday's bombshell when we learned that the lead investigator laying out the case actually against pistorius is himself facing seven charges of attempted murder. the defense had already at that point forced the investigator to back down on many points even admitting pistorius' story is plausible. in a state of panic he could have shot his girlfriend, killed his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp by mistake thinking her to be a dangerous intruder. the prosecution says that pistorius killed reeva steenkamp in cold blood, he has a history of violent behavior and freeing him on bail would give him a ch
'll speak at the business of a shipbuilder that has ties to jobs all over the country, using this autos a back drop to make his point to the american people that the impact of these cuts could be devastating. republicans, meantime, including republican house speaker john boehner think the president should stay here, facilitate some sort of negotiation. right now nothing going on between the white house and capitol hill. nothing in front of the cameras, nothing behind the scenes to prevent these cuts on friday. richard? >> we have big egg we got on a tuesday in terms of negotiations. tracie potts, thank you so much. >>> turning to a developing story. at least 14 tourists were killed in a fiery hot air balloon crash in egypt. as the balloon approached luxor south of cairo, an on-board fire triggered an explosion in the gas canister causing it to plunge 1,000 feet into a sugarcane field below. the pilot and tourist who jumped out of the balloon survived with critical injury. >>> cardinal keith o'brien faced accusations he acted imappropriately with priests back to the 1980 says. the vatica
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